97% of chil­dren al­lo­cated pre­ferred pri­mary schools

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives - By Paul Fran­cis

More chil­dren have se­cured places at their-first choice pri­mary schools in Kent this year.

Parents found out on Tues­day which schools their child had been al­lo­cated, and county ed­u­ca­tion chiefs said a record num­ber – 97% – had been of­fered one of their pre­ferred pri­mary schools.

KCC said the fig­ure rep­re­sented the high­est recorded per­cent­age achieved since co­or­di­nated pri­mary ad­mis­sions be­gan.

Of the 16,855 chil­dren al­lo­cated pre­ferred schools, 15,429 got their first pref­er­ences.

That is close to 90% of chil­dren and a 2% im­prove­ment on 2016.

How­ever, 444 chil­dren were not of­fered any of the schools they ap­plied for – but that fig­ure rep­re­sents a re­duc­tion of 162 on last year.

Of those 444 who were not of­fered one of their pre­ferred schools, nearly half failed to make use of all avail­able pref­er­ences – lim­it­ing Kent’s abil­ity to of­fer them pre­ferred schools.

Pa­trick Lee­son, ed­u­ca­tion direc­tor, said: “Kent con­tin­ues to of­fer parents a wide se­lec­tion of ex­cep­tional schools, with 91% of pri­mary schools rated as good or out­stand­ing ac­cord­ing to in­spec­tors from Of­sted.

“This al­lows parents to con­fi­dently name schools in their area, which has led to these record-break­ing fig­ures.

“Un­for­tu­nately, each year a small mi­nor­ity of pupils are not of­fered a school of their choice.

“We do en­cour­age fam­i­lies to use all the pref­er­ences avail­able to them so that they have a bet­ter chance of se­cur­ing a pre­ferred school.

“The coun­cil will of­fer each of these chil­dren an al­ter­na­tive school.

“Many will go on to se­cure places of their pref­er­ence through wait­ing lists and re­al­lo­ca­tion, and I would like to re­as­sure parents that a spe­cial­ist Kent County Coun­cil team is on hand to help them make the most of the op­tions avail­able to them.”

Parents who ap­plied on­line re­ceived an email af­ter 4pm on Tues­day, in­di­cat­ing which school they had been of­fered.

Parents can ac­cept their of­fers or seek al­ter­na­tives via the re­al­lo­ca­tion process if they are not happy.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on how to join a wait­ing list or to ap­peal, go to www.kent.gov.uk/ pri­ma­ryad­mis­sions or phone the coounty coun­cil ad­mis­sions team on 0300 412121

Pic­ture: Mon­key Busi­ness Im­ages

More than 15,000 chil­dren got their first-choice schools

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